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Suspect in London attack on Muslim family makes video court appearance

Last Updated Jun 21, 2021 at 11:03 am EDT

Four family members who was intentionally struck and killed in London, Ont on June 6, 2021. A nine-year-old boy was also struck but is expected to survive. From left: Yumna Salman, 15, Madiha Salman, 44, Afzaal's mother, 74, and Salman Afzaal, 46. TWITTER/@GurpreetDhillon

A man facing terrorism charges for allegedly targeting and killing a Muslim family with his truck in southwestern Ontario appeared in court via video on Monday.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, faces four first-degree murder charges and an attempted murder charge that prosecutors allege constitute an act of terrorism.

Veltman, who is in the process of retaining a lawyer, stood quietly with his hands clasped in front of him as he appeared via video wearing orange prison-issued clothing.

His next court date has been scheduled for June 28.

Police have said the attack on June 6 in London, Ont., was motivated by hate against the Islamic faith.

Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna and her 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal were killed while out for an evening walk.

The couple’s nine-year-old son, Fayez, was seriously hurt.

The attack prompted a massive outpouring of support for the family and calls for all levels of government to address Islamophobia.